CALGARY - Prince William and Kate are being urged by an animal advocacy group to cancel a planned visit to the Calgary Stampede.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been a long-standing critic of the Stampede's rodeo events saying animals are injured and killed all for the sake of entertainment.
The royal couple will witness some Stampede events and preside over the kickoff of the annual parade next Friday before departing Canada for the United States.
In an open letter to the royal couple, PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk warns that William and Kate are walking into a "hotbed of controversy" if they attend the event.
She says the Stampede employs devices that are illegal in Britain, including electric shock prods, certain types of spurs and bucking straps during the 10-day event.
Six horses died during rodeo events at the Stampede last year.